Active Benefits

Active stipendiary clergy of the Diocese of Toronto are eligible to participate in the following benefits plans:

  • Extended health, dental and vision care
  • Basic group insurance
  • Pension plan
  • Disability (both short and long term)
  • Professional development (both the National Continuing Education Plan and the Diocesan General Assistance Plan)
  • Clergy Assistance Program (which can be accessed by calling 1-800-387-4765)

Make sure you read the Benefits book provided to you at time of enrollment. If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact Payroll or the Human Resources department of the Diocese, or the Pension Office of the National Church.

For specific questions about the Extended Health Care Plan, please contact Manulife directly. Manulife can be reached at 1-800-268-6195; you will need your group and certificate numbers when you phone.

Please note that pension and benefit documentation from the National Office refers to “employees,” however in the Diocese of Toronto, clergy are not employees but office holders appointed under Canon 10. All benefit plans are subject to the terms and conditions of the plan policies. The Diocese regularly reviews the plans, as well as its insurance carriers, and accordingly, reserves the right to both amend the plans and change its carriers, where appropriate, without further notice to the office holder or employee.


Retiree Benefits

Extended Health Care Coverage: At the time of retirement, the retiree has the option to make application to join the post-retirement Extended Health Benefit program. Please contact the Payroll Office of the Diocese for further information. The Post-Retirement Benefits (for those that retired after Dec. 1, 2007) includes a Health Care Spending Account. For information and frequently asked questions please read the Health Care Spending Account brochure.

Qualifications for Post-Retirement Benefits: In order to be eligible for post-retirement benefits, you must retire from active service with the Diocese of Toronto under the terms of the General Synod Pension Plan. Benefit plan premiums will be shared by a retiree and the Diocese at a percentage dependent on the retiree’s years of credited service. For more information on the criteria, please read the Post-Retirement Benefits Qualifications Criteria.

For more details about Retiree Benefits, please see “Benefits When Retiring” and “Information for Retirees.”


Discretionary Medical and Dental Grant

A limited number of grants are available for members of the Diocese of Toronto extended health and dental plan (both active and retired) who exceed their annual coverage. Grants will range from $500 to $1,500.

Those eligible for grants include participating members of the extended health and dental plan, both active and retired clergy and diocesan staff. Individuals must have completely depleted their extended health and dental benefits for the year before submitting an application. Grants will only be considered for expenses that occurred in the year of the grant application.

The following are eligible for grants:

  • Hospital accommodation
  • Professional services by licensed practitioners (must be the result of an illness or injury and supported by documentation from a medical practitioner)
  • Dental care: major restorative services; dentures; orthodontics
  • Assistance with medical devices including, but not limited to, orthotics, hearing aids, braces, wheel chairs, back support

To access the Discretionary Medical and Dental Grant, please download the guidelines and application form. If you have any questions please contact the Human Resources department.


The claim forms for medical and dental benefits and grant application forms can be found on the Forms page and are listed below: